Day in history for August 24, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We are indebted to Joseph Blais for a monster watermelon, weighing 40 pounds. All hands at The Argus helped eat the delicious fruit.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The general health of the citizens of Rock Island is reported to be excellent, although a number of cases of malaria fever are said to exist in the county.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Barney Oldfield, the famous auto racer, arrived in this city today with his Green Dragon. He will attempt to set a new dirt track record at the Davenport mile track.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Participation at the Rock Island playgrounds increased 10,272 during the season, according to a report made today by Mel H. Hodge, superintendent of the Playground and Recreation Commission.

1957 -- 50 years ago
With a score of .23 accidents per 100,000 miles, the payroll audit department of the Bituminous Casualty Corp. has won its third consecutive victory in the company's intra-departmental safe driving competition and thus takes permanent possession of the Bituminous Automobile Safety trophy.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline teachers started classes today without a contract after rejecting a negotiated settlement for the first time in the district's 14-year, collective bargaining history. Teachers will be in the classroom while negotiations continue.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.




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